Sherlock did well on Skype. I groomed him, including a little extra hoof attention since the farrier was due the next day. Then I free-lunged him in the round pen, walk, trot and canter very calm and good for the voice commands while Grayson narrated for the rapt audience.
Today I went out a little later in the morning than usual with the plan to ride before the farrier arrived. Practiced with Sherlock's feet a little extra, gave him a good all-over grooming -really getting used to being touched everywhere. Very relaxed. I saddled him up and put on the leather English bridle and got it fitted with lots of tugging, unbuckling and rebuckling. It's not a really great fit- might be a Cob size. Maybe next time the English hackamore.
Did a few minutes walk/trot free lunging, with an extra shout to keep him from rolling with the saddle on. Felt-bottom pad moved less but not enough wither relief.
|Up top! So tall!|
After all that excitement I was hardly nervous about doing some more trotting, I just stayed in two-point and we trotted both directions just fine. I brought him into the center and asked him to stop, less spiralling needed today, and hopped off. Lots of love and a mint for Sherlock! I removed the saddle and bridle and took them to the tack rack while he followed me and I told him to go roll someplace.
The saddle sweatmarks are not bad with maybe some small drier areas. Different pad with a bit more cushion and wither relief shape needed.